32.1 million people, according to Nielsen Co., watched Joe Wilson express their views on health care in Obama’s speech to Congress carried on three of the four broadcast networks and, of course, CNN. Only Fox opted out in favor of their broadcasting
President Barack Obama’s is continuing a TV broadcast blitz to build public support for his top domestic priority, health care. Obama became the first president to appear on five Sunday network talk and public affairs shows in the same morning, live on tape. An extraordinary effort to defend his health care overhaul which has come under intense attack from opposition Republicans.
Democrats are at odds with the most recent health care proposal by Senator Max Baucus, Democrat from Montana. Even the second-ranked member of the committee, Democrat, Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, promptly announced he couldn’t vote for the bill without major changes.
Obama is trying to quell criticism of a key point of the Baucus plan and other health care bills now before Congress: mandating that people get health insurance to share the cost burden fairly among all. Those who failed to get coverage would face financial penalties. What Nancy Pelosi described a “modest fee” in an already cursed economy. In other words, you have to pay to keep out of the cross-reference tracking database? No, you will get a little red star by your name for the cash you lay out.
Obama said other elements of the plan would make insurance affordable for people, from establishing a new comparison-shopping “exchange” to offering tax credits.
Telling people to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase, Obama told ABC’s “This Week.”
Of course, he did not promote any of the 33 bills that the Republicans have concerning health care reform in the House alone. Want a real headache? Try and follow the actual number of health care reform bills in the House. Currently, those of Republicans far out weigh Democrats who have about ten, now.
Democratic leaders and major interest groups backing a health care overhaul are urging the committee to pass a bill now – and try to work out problems later.
Ah, the good old day. Let’s just rush this Constitution through and we can fix the problems with amendments. While you are waiting for Democrats to “…work out problems later…,” your family might just be able to collect that $250 that Social Security insurance provides for burials.
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Obama launches TV blitz to push health care reform ahead of key Senate committee meeting
33 health reform bills by Republicans.
H.R. 2520 Rep. Paul Ryan WI
H.R. 3217 Rep Johhn Shaddegg AZ
H.R. 3218 Rep Johhn Shaddegg AZ
H.R. 3400 Rep. Tom Price of Georgia